Capture the Magic

I wanted to create an art journal page to remember my birthday which was last week, I had the most amazing time and thought I would recycle an old birthday card which I have treasured for a while.

To continue the recycled theme, I started by gluing some red netting from a bag of oranges to the page; this was quite difficult to do as the glues I had just didn’t want to hold the stretchy net in place. So I secured it as best I could and then used my heat gun to dry the glue, which happily melted the netting and looked really cool (grin!). Then to ensure the netting would stay in place I covered the whole page with white tissue paper using Liquitex matte gel medium, building up the layers of tissue paper to ensure all the netting was covered; I love all the background texture that the netting and tissue paper created. When the gel medium was dry, I scribbled Watermelon, Guava, Butter Cream, and Caramel Faber-Castell Gelatos onto the page and smudged them with my finger; they blended beautifully on top of the gel medium. I also added some Metallic Icing Faber-Castell Gelato to add contrast, some Abandoned Coral Distress Ink by applying the ink, spritzing with water and letting it run over and down the page and then I splattered the whole page with DecoArt black acrylic paint using a paintbrush. Next I recycled a cardboard tube to stamp circles of Pébéo white gesso and also black Soot Distress Ink onto the page. All the butterflies and flowers are from a birthday card and I fussy cut them out, edged them with Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and arranged them onto the page using glue dots and double-sided tape. To finish, I added the wording “Capture the Magic” using Tim Holtz Label Letters which I mounted onto some of the cream recycled birthday card before sticking them to the page with glue dots; for me this page definitely captures the magic of my birthday!

My birthday celebrations started with lunch at our favourite restaurant Coco’s Soul Food, you may remember it from previous posts (grin!).

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’ll start by sharing some fizzy drinks that we selected while waiting for our food order, the choice is Passion Fruit, Lychee or Guava – Happy T Day!

You may be surprised to see that I didn’t have my usual Tropical Mango Chicken Salad but Jerk Chicken Enchiladas – so yummy! My hubby had the same and the portion was so big that there was enough for lunch the next day too (grin!).

Then we went on a lovely walk along the River Ribble and back through Avenham Park which was built in the 1860s and is Victorian in style. The day was sunny with some April showers and as the afternoon brought with it happy blue skies we had fun time exploring!

There were great views across the river …

… and of Silver Birch trees …

… and pretty blossoms!

I thought this photo of pretty blossoms would be perfect to enter into the Simply Neutrals Tuesday party over at Apple Apricot which is hosted by the lovely Wen.

There were quite a few old Victorian bridges on the walk too.

Walking back through the park, there was a Japanese Garden which was a beautiful setting for this old house in the background.

Along the railings that enclosed the garden were over 2000 aluminium eggs decorated by local schools for Easter – amazing!

There was also a wonderful display of daffodils and a waterfall which was a surprising discovery!

As well as pretty pink blossoms which remind me of the colours and flowers on my page.

I’m sure that I will be sharing more birthday treats with you again soon and thank you so much for all the lovely birthday wishes on my blog last week, it really made my day!

Challenges

I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

I’m pleased to join the lovely Alison/Craftytrog, who is hosting the Recycle and Collage challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the recycled materials that I collaged onto this page including the netting, tissue paper and one of my favourite birthday cards.

As I reused and altered materials to create this page, I’m pleased to join the fun over at Country View Challenges and their Pimp It Up! (reuse or alter something) challenge.

As I created this page to capture the magic of my birthday celebrations, I’m also pleased to be able to join the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Happy Birthday! challenge – wishing you a Happy 9th Birthday too!

With the circles I added to my page, I’m pleased to join a new challenge blog today over at That’s Crafty Challenge and their Going Round in Circles challenge.

This page fits nicely with the Recycle Something challenge over at Try it on Tuesday too where you still have another week to join in the fun, it would be great to see you there!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Faber-Castell Gelato (Watermelon, Guava, Butter Cream, Caramel, Metallic Icing)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Abandoned Coral, Black Soot)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Marker (Dark Sepia B 175)
  • Stamp – recycled circular cardboard tube
  • Recycled birthday card
  • White tissue paper – recycled from gift packaging
  • Red netting – recycled from a bag of oranges
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology (Label Letters #TH93072)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Wilko (Sticky Dots)
  • The Range double-sided foam tape
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71 thoughts on “Capture the Magic

  1. hi jo,happy birthday,my friend,you and your hubby looks so happy 🙂
    i hope you had a great day,the card page is wonderful,love this pink butterflys and the backround just amazing:-)
    the garden park is so beautiful,i would i walking there,love this!
    the beer is delicuous,in summer i drink cold beer with ginger,thats so good 🙂
    you had in england many sorts of beer.
    wishing you a happy creative week,dear jo ! 🙂

    hugs jenny

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    • Thanks you so much dear Jenny! We had such a lovely time at the restaurant and on our walk, the river and park were beautiful and great to explore with the wide pathways and views 😀. I think I need to try beer with ginger, it sounds delicious! Wishing you a happy and creative week too! J 😊 x

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    • Yes we took advantage of the sunshine …lol 😀. This was on my birthday and we had to change our plans due to the rain in the morning. We had such a lovely time at Coco’s and on the walk though, Happy Days 😀. See you soon! J 😊 x

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  2. What a wonderful page ! I laughed about your fight with the orange net -l ol! You not just captured the magic of your birthday with your wonderful page that I love to see linked to Alison’s theme at AJJ —♥♥♥—- Thank you so much. You also captured the magic of this wonderful birthday with your photos of the yummie meal and drinks and this amazing walk at the beautiful park and area.
    Love the Japanese garden in front of this old building and all the wonderful spring touches you showed! I like the photo of the both of you looking so happy and radiating so much joy and sympathy ! Happy T-Day and a happy week dear Jo and I am really looking forward to see more photos of the birthday treats!
    Hugs, Susi

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    • Thanks so much! The netting was tricky and didn’t want to play …lol 😉. We had a magical day and still have a few things planned, which is exciting! Wishing you a happy T Day and new week too dear Susi! J 😊 x

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  3. First of all dear Jo I wish you all the best for your new year of life, stay happy, healthy and creative. I love your pink page very much with the famous background and the nice flowers and butterflies. Well done. Your Birthday meal looks very yummy. Avenham Park looks amazing and was surely a good choice to celebrate this day a bit outdoors. I also like such locations much.
    You and your hubby look very happy on the photo, I think you both had a nice day together.
    I was busy in our garden because we have had warm weather now. But I enjoyed the outdoor time very much. To see all the plants and flowers grow is a great gift. The birds are singing and bees and bumblebees are flying from flower to flower. All that fills my heart with joy. But I had no time to make creative things, so I will now try something.
    Wish you a great new week.
    Big Hugs
    Sabine

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    • Thank you so much for your kind birthday wishes and comments dear Sabine! It was lovely to walk in the warm sunshine and explore the river and park with hubby 😀. Glad you are enjoying your garden and it’s lovely to see the flowers and hear the birds singing, I think spring is here at last! Wishing you a happy and creative week! J 😊 x

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  4. That was a great idea to use a birthday card as part of your art piece. The cards can be so attractive one doesn’t want to throw them away. You really made my head spin with your fabulous Gelato colour names then splattered over with black – genius!
    Isn’t it great to go to a favourite restaurant – you know just how it will be and you do have lovely walks round your area.
    It looked like the perfect day, Jo.
    Happy Birthday Year!

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    • Thanks very much! I’ve had the birthday card for a while so it was nice to share its beauty with others by using it on a page! My hubby likes the name of the Gelators too, he says they should taste delicious …lol 😉. We had a wonderful day and we love going to this restaurant, the atmosphere and food is perfect for us! Wishing you much happiness! J 😊 x

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  5. More fantastic recycling on this memory page Jo. I love the background texture and smiled when I read about your struggles with the orange netting.
    Your meal looked delicious and they were lovely photos of you and your husband enjoying being together.
    It seems a great area for walking, the Japanese garden looks lovely. The eggs decorated by the children is such a good idea as well, I hope they got to see their work displayed and felt proud.
    Happy T day wishes Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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    • Thanks very much! I love the texture from the netting, even though it didn’t want to play …lol 😉. It was a lovely day and we enjoyed all the discoveries on our walk 😀. Sending you Happy T Day wishes too! J 😊 x

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  6. What a wonderful post Jo. I loved your recycled page and all the layers you achieved for the background. Pretty nifty with the mesh bag.
    wow that food looks amazing and I agree very large portions too-Loved seeing you as well.
    A beautiful walk I loved seeing everything.
    Happy T Day Kathy

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    • Thank you Kathy! I’m finding that recycling materials for both background and focal points on my pages is so much fun and I had this birthday card for a while so it was lovely to finally use it 😀. Wishing you a Happy T Day too! J 😊 x

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  7. oh what a lovely page to remember and cherish your birthday celebration!! Your meal sounds fabulous- and to have enough for another meal is the icing on the cake:) i don’t even know where to begin about that brilliant walk- LOVE the bridge, and the old house-I have just been transformed into Victoria, or Emily Bronte, or Jo March, or Emily Dickinson…thank you for whisking me away:)
    Happy T day!

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  8. Happy belated birthday – love that you commemorated it with this scrumptious journal page! I always enjoy your photos, too – thank you for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

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  9. Jo, I love the impromptu process that went into creating your beautiful page… the way you made it work even when you felt challenged is an inspiration. Never give up, just try something else, right? Your day of wandering and discovering so much beauty made memories, and your photography skills captured them all to be enjoyed again. I’m not sure I would have held up as well through this jam-packed day of activity (my stamina is diminishing as I get older, lol!) but it would have been worth getting tired. You both look so happy, your smiles are infectious!

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    • Many thanks! I always have fun experimenting and trying things out, it’s one of the things I love about art journalling 😀. We had a lovely time exploring on our walk too and I’m glad you can feel the happiness too! Wishing you a happy and creative week! J 😊

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  10. Jo, your journal page is so pretty! I love the butterflies and the texture that the netting adds. Your meal looks AMAZING and so yummy. What a big portion.
    Your walk looks like a peaceful and lovely place to visit. That house is in such a lovely setting!
    Happy Tea Day,
    Kate

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  11. HAPPY belated birthday. I remember Coco’s from your previous posts. That jerk chicken sure looks yummy. I haven’t had jerk chicken in a long time. And your page is so joyful. Those butterflies are just so bright and happy. 🙂 Smart to cut them from a card. Like all those flowers. I want to live somewhere that there is a real spring. Your walk through the gardens looks gorgeous. Happy T day Jo. hugs-Erika

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    • Thanks very much! The jerk chicken was amazing and I think it tasted even better reheated for lunch …lol 😉. The enchiladas also contained cheese, rice, refried beans, salsa, sourcream, guacamole with the jerk chicken – so yummy! Happy T Day! J 😊 x

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  12. Wonderful journal page as a birthday reminder. The meal you had at that great place looks fantastic, I’m sure it tasted as good as it looked. You had a great walk afterwards, the spring countryside is so pretty. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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  13. What a wonderful day you had on your Birthday, all captured beautifully and with leftovers for the following day!! Great idea to use a previous Birthday card and recycle that orange bag, what great effects you’ve achieved with the tissue paper and those Gelatos, marvellous art.
    So glad you shared it with us over at That’s Crafty in the Going Round in Circles Challenge, cardboard rolls give the best circle image!!
    Creative wishes Tracey xx

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    • Thank you for your lovely comments! Using all the recycled materials to create this page and adding the circles with the tube was so much fun and it was great to join your challenge over at That’s Crafty too 😀. Wishing you a happy and creative week! J 😊 x

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  14. you are a recycler after my heart – so well done! and i enjoyed your walk throught this wonderful park. those alu eggs, what a colorful ode to spring and easter. you both look so lucky, that´s nice to see:) and for lunch i would like to have (half of *g*) your meal, looks delicious!
    have a great week and happy t-day!

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    • Thanks a lot! The park was an amazing place to visit, there was so much to see and it seemed very grand with the wide pathways and beautiful vistas 😀. Those Easter eggs were a lovely pop of colour, we were amazed at how many there were too – beautiful! Wishing you a great week and Happy T Day too! J 😊

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  15. Happy birthday, Jo! Gorgeous page. What a clever thing to do with plastic netting for the background. Such lovely design and texture it gives. I love this color palette of soft yellows, oranges and pink.

    The enchiladas look delicous and you look very happy. What a lovely day and walk. Beautiful shot of the apple (?) blossoms.

    Perfect ending to a wonderful post. I love that picture of you and your hubby 😉

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

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  16. Belated birthday wishes dear Jo! It looks like you celebrated in style! Such lovely photos!
    And I love how you used a favourite card on your beautiful journal page, such a great idea!
    Have a lovely week,
    Hugs,
    Alison xox

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    • Thank you so much for your lovely comments and birthday wishes! I’m loving your Recycle and Collage challenge over at AJJ, it’s fun to get creative and use recycle materials for both the background and focal point 😀. Thanks for the inspiration and wishing you a lovely week too! J 😊 x

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  17. You just make the prettiest pages. I think it would make a fabulous greeting card. Your birthday lunch looks amazing.What a beautiful area for a walk. So nice to see Spring as I’m melting with Spring fever. You and your hubby make a cute couple

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  18. Jo i thoroughly enjoyed my T visit with you today. Your journal page is a wonderful recycling feat! Gorgeous colors and using that mesh bag was so clever. I’m glad that even though it gave you trouble you figured it out! Those enchiladas smothered in cheese look delicious! Its a favorite dish of Hubby’s and mine.. Ofcourse anything smothered in cheese is good right?! What gorgeous pictures you took on your walk . I see Spring has sprung where you are too.. The next few days we are expecting 70F weather… I may break a sweat doing yard work! Nooooo.. lol Love the picture of you and hubs! Happy T day! Hugs! deb

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  19. That food looks delicious, and isn’t it nice to get two meals out of it! Such a wonderful place for a spring walk. You got lovely photos of the blooming landscape. I’d love a waterfall close, but there’s not one near us. What a treat! Y’all look the perfect pair, a happy couple 🙂 Happy T Tuesday

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  20. What a fantastic birthday you shared with us. Your photos of the day were magical, especially the daffs and waterfall.

    I have found netting difficult to glue to a page, too. I use my gel medium, which I only bring out when all else fails. I place it on the page, lay the netting down, then add more gel medium to the top. It’s the only thing I have found to work, except brads, which only capture the edges of the netting. It’s a lovely piece and I was thrilled you shared it with us at Art Journal Journey.

    I was impressed with your birthday lunch and fizzy drinks, too. Going for something different on your birthday is always the best treat of all. Thanks for sharing it with us for T this Tuesday.

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    • Thanks very much! The gel medium was the first glue I tried and I applied it just as you said to no avail …lol 😉. I had fun experimenting and was so pleased when I used the heat gun and the netting melted – perfect 😀. Wishing you a Happy T Tuesday! J 😊 x

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  21. Love your ‘Magic’ spread! so pretty, and isn’t it wonderful when happy accidents work out for the best (as in melting bag mesh;) what a marvelous birthday you had, thanks for sharing all of your photos… and your birthday butterfly art! ♥

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  22. I love your journal page – the background is great for your birthday card! Belated Happy Birthday for this year! You chose a great place to eat – I can see why you like this place so much! What a lovely walk you had with so much to see on the way! Happy T day Chrisx

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  23. A lovely journal page Jo and I like the way you used an old birthday card, making it all the more special.
    Lovely photos and I loved seeing Avenham Park, DD was at Uni in Preston and lived in a flat for 3 years, in one of the houses that overlooked the Park. We often went for walks in the park on my stays with her. It’s a lovely park and we always found it peaceful with lots to see. Wish I’d know where Coco’s was – the food looks delicious.
    Avril xx

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    • It was a lovely page to create and came together so quickly after the netting was secured …lol 😉. How lovely to live overlooking this park, that is really special as it’s such a beautiful place and seeing the change in seasons would be wonderful. Coco’s is actually located in the University district and it’s popular with students too, it’s a very casual place and the food is amazing – we love it! Thanks so much and wishing you a happy weekend and weekend! J 😊 x

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  24. Thank you stopping by!!! I am so late getting around to visit everyone this week. The sun has been shining and it’s warmer so I’ve been outside A LOT!!!!! Your collage is great and it looks like you had a fantastic birthday as you deserve ♥Love the photos you shared!!!
    Happy Very Late Tuesday!!!
    Carol

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    • Hey, no worries! I’m so pleased to hear that you have warmer weather and you’ve been able to get your gardening done 😀. Thanks very much and I hope you had a Happy T Tuesday too! Wishing you a wonderful weekend! J 😊 x

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  25. This is fantastic how you captured the magic of your birthday – the colors are very lovely and I guess so were your day! To glue this red net on was hard working :), but the background texture that the netting and tissue paper created is gorgeous!
    Topping this you had a great walk through Avenham Park in Victorian style – this bridge is my favorite photo!
    No, my favorite is this one with you and your hubby!!
    Rike xx

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  26. Happy belated birthday dear Jo!!! Gorgeous page you created! And what a wonderful walk you share here with us. Of course the beautiful blossoms, I looooove blossoms 🙂 But the park and the Japanese garden are so so beautiful too. Wishing you a beautiful weekend, hugs xx

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  27. Well happy, belated, birthday Jo! Sounds like you had a good time…
    I’m not sure I’d have had the heart to cut into a birthday card but it does look good recycled! Thanks for joining us again at Country View Challenges!

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